Posted tagged ‘Korean’

Jang Su Jang

April 30, 2011

I think I’ve found a favorite Korean restaurant in my area!  I haven’t tried the BBQ at Jang Su Jang yet but everything else we’ve tried is great.

Love the banchan.  The jap chae is always one of my faves.

Based on Yelp reviews, we ordered the seafood pancake.  It had tons of seafood mixed in and tasted great.  It tasted the best when it was still sizzling after it was brought to our table.

My parents and I all ordered the dolsot bibimbap.  My Dad loves when the rice burns on the sides of the bowl and get crunchy.

TM went with a spicy beef noodle soup.  If you can’t tell by the picture, the soup was pretty spicy.  It was temperature hot AND spicy hot!  Just how TM likes his food.

At the end of your meal, everyone gets a little yakult like drink.  These little yogurt drinks are great to cut the heat of the food.  We’ve gone to Jang Su Jang a couple times now and it’s always been packed.  I know this place is good because most of the patrons are Korean.  It’d be wise to make reservations before you go.

3561 El Camino Real   Santa Clara, CA

Corner Place Korean Restaurant

November 10, 2008

Well, here is my first (and hopefully not my last) guest post.

Girlfriend and I were in the mood for Korean food and we were debating on whether it would be Korean BBQ or dolsot bibimbap.  Since the Korean BBQ would probably end up being pretty pricey as the place we were thinking about trying out was ala carte, we went with the bibimbap.  I only looked up the address to this place and we were surprised to see it was sandwiched between two other restaurants that we’ve tried and liked; Sushi O Sushi (try the Mega 3 roll) and 99 Chicken (really good fried chicken).  Sorry about the picture quality.  This is another set of pictures from Girlfriend’s camera phone.

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We started off with the banchan.  I had been craving some kim chee so it really hit the spot.  There was also jap chae which was somewhat funny since we came here shortly after Girlfriend had made it at home.

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Then Girlfriend’s dolsot bibimbap came out.  She ordered the kimchee version and it came out in a real stone pot (not a fake ceramic one) which got the bottom layer nice and crunchy.  It was really tasty.

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I ordered the meat jun.  It is definitely a Hawaii thing, so I was totally surprised to see it on the menu.  The egg batter was a little heavier than I prefer, but to even find somewhere other than the Korean take-outs in Hawaii that has it on the menu was amazing.

The owner was really nice and he stopped by and chatted with us for a bit.  He asked if I was from Hawaii since I had ordered the meat jun.  He told us his niece is from Hawaii and she was living in NorCal and wanted meat jun so he spent about a week experimenting with the recipe before he put it on the menu.  So for all of you islanders living on the mainland and craving meat jun, now you know where you can get it.

They also make this ginseng chicken soup which takes three hours to make after you order it.  Girlfriend had this before and really liked it, so we’ll probably try it sometime soon now that the weather is getting colder.

2783 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA

My Secret Recipe

April 1, 2008

I think I must’ve been Korean in a past life because I am almost always craving Korean food. (well, when I’m not craving sushi)  After moving Boyfriend out of his apartment, we went to My Secret Recipe for dinner.  Funny, it doesn’t say “My Secret Recipe” on the sign anymore… maybe the restaurant name changed since I last went??

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So I basically only go here for one thing which is this pseudo hot pot dish with baby octopus in it. 

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Start out with the banchan, of course.  I like the cold cucumber soup that comes with the meal too.

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There’s not really a soup to this but I don’t know what it’s called so I call it “pseudo hot pot.”  It comes with a plethora of veggies and baby octopus!

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Once the veggies start cooking and you mix everything together, this is what it looks like.  Mmmm, I love spicy!

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Once you’re done with as much veggies/octopus you can eat, they bring out a plate of white rice with nori, green onions and daikon and mix it all in!  So you end up with a huge batch of Korean fried rice.  I think this is my favorite part of the meal.  I noticed that a lot of other people just got the rice to go… they were probably too full to eat it.  We ate a small plateful of rice each but brought home a lot of leftovers too.  It’s too bad Boyfriend doesn’t like octopus and spent more time picking the stuff out than actually eating it!

1850 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.  Gardena, CA

돌솥 비빔밥 (Dolsot Bibimbap!)

March 18, 2008

One of my absolute favorite Korean dishes is dolsot bibimbap!  Dolsot means “stone pot” in Korean and this rice dish is served in a HOT stone pot and the food is mixed right before consumption.  There is usually a raw egg as a part of this dish that is cooked against the sides of the bowl when mixed.  I love this dish because there is a wide variety of mixed veggies as well as some meat.  It’s very filling and I love the red sauce you put on it.  (no idea what the sauce is called)

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Of course we started out with panchan… no kongnamul (bean sprouts) here.  Sadness.

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At least I got bean sprouts in the bibimbap, YAY!

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My parents love dolsot bibimbap too… my Dad tried seafood dolsot bibimbap for the first time.  It was incredibly spicy… exactly how Korean food is supposed to be!

I have no idea what this restaurant is called since the sign is in Korean but it’s in Seoul Garden Plaza off of Western just north of Marine Ave. in Gardena.  I’ve been to a few of the restaurants in this plaza and they were all pretty good when you don’t want to make the drive to K-town.


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